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The Hansard Trawl, featuring cancer, meditation and a *fall* in the cost of living.

Firstly, the grim business of cancer:

Mr. Baron: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths there have been from each type of cancer as recorded by the ICD-10 classification in each year since 1997.

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

(blah)

And the number one killer is lung etc cancer at 30,324, followed by breast cancer at 10,778, prostate cancer at 9,157 and colonic cancer at 8,958.

If anyone can lay hands on figures for funding into research, prevention and treatment, I would be grateful.

Those poor darlings at the Cabinet Office:

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether her Department provides facilities for meditation for its staff.

Angela E. Smith: The Cabinet Office provides facilities which can be used for prayer, meditation and reflection.

A peer through the key hole might see Tessa Jowell, Shaun Woodward, Angela Smith and 'Baroness' Vadera taking up the lotus position. The question was subbed as 'stress', which does seem a pretty narrow reason for offering up prayer to one's God or Gods.

A fall in the cost of living the government will not be bragging about:

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average street price of (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy, (c) gamma hydroxybutyrate and (d) ketamine in each of the last 10 years.

Alan Johnson: Street prices for drugs vary considerably and are dependent on a number of factors. Prices are given where available in the following table.

And the figures for cannabis (per 1/8th), skunk (ditto) and ecstacy (per tablet). Other figures are incomplete.


And that's all I can find today.

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